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The Hearst Corporation
300 West 57Th Street
New York , New York 10019
United States

Company Description: Hearst Business Media is an operating group of Hearst Corporation, which operates more than 20 business-to-business information services, electronic databases and...   more

Employment History

  • NewsCenter 5
  • NewsCenter 5 Anchors and Reporter
  • Anchorwoman
  • Intern
  • Medical Reporter
    Channel 5
  • News Anchor and Medical Reporter
    KFOR-TV, Oklahoma City Anchor & Medical Reporter
  • Early Evening Anchor
    KFOR-TV, Oklahoma City Anchor & Medical Reporter
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Asian Eyelid Procedure New Trend in Cosmetic Surgery | AWCenter for Plastic Surgery in Westborough, MA, 21 Feb 2010 [cached]
NewsCenter 5's Heather Unruh reported Friday that 1.3 million procedures were performed on patients of various ethnicities last year -- an increase of 44 percent since 2004. The challenge for plastic surgeons is creating a younger appearance without altering that ethnic look.
On Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013, the ..., 18 Sept 2013 [cached]
On Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), will debut the exhibition Think Pink with a special ceremony hosted by WCVB's Heather Unruh that will illuminate the Museum in pink.
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Heather Unruh
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Newscaster Heather Unruh
In assuming her latest position as co-anchor of Boston WCVB television's early evening and late newscasts in March, Nantucket summer resident Heather Unruh's career had come full circle.
The steady arc of her good fortune began in Boston at WCVB, where Unruh started her news career as an intern. She then worked her way through Binghamton, New York, Birmingham, Alabama and Oklahoma City, where Unruh worked as a medical reporter and anchor before Boston called her back home.
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"I think from the moment I set foot here, something connected," said Heather. "I could never put my finger on it, but it felt like home." As a student at DePauw University, Heather Unruh looked back to New England for her first big internship, which she served at Boston's Channel 5 during her senior year.
"I came in wearing my navy button-down suit. I was so excited to have the opportunity to learn from the best," she remembered. "I worked ten-to-twelve hour days, six days a week. I came out on Saturdays, so I could go out with the reporters on their stories."
Through that internship, Unruh became "hopelessly hooked on the news and on New England." But it would take her a while before she could have both.
Her first job out of college took her to a "teeny, teeny station in Atlanta that you could barely get on your TV," where she did news updates in the middle of superstars of wrestling. That job got her a gig in Binghamton, New York for two and a half years before work took her to Birmingham, where she met her future and current husband Nick Little, who works in the construction industry.
"I definitely married the right guy," Unruh said of the man who has supported her through many moves. "He always said, ‘I could do my job anywhere. But you need to go where you can find a place.'" After three years in Alabama, Unruh moved to a larger market in Oklahoma City. Bit by bit, she was getting closer to her goal of making it to a big city, in the Northeast, she hoped.
"I knew it was just going to take me time on the desk," Unruh said. "I knew I was going to have to go to smaller markets to make my mistakes, cut my teeth, learn the rules and learn how to look comfortable, so people didn't think they were watching a deer in the headlights."
After Unruh had spent five years in Oklahoma her contract was near its end. She and her husband, just starting their family, knew they had to make a decision. "Either stay in Oklahoma City for life or make a break and go for it," she remembered."We both knew we wanted to come back here."
In what she thought was a long shot,Unruh wrote a letter and sent a clip reel to someone with whom she worked in Birmingham who had moved on to corporate sales for Hearst-Argyle, the company that owned Channel 5 in Boston.
"The next thing I knew, I got a call from the news director, who said, ‘I guess you know why I'm calling,'" Unruh recalled. "I thought I was just getting a courtesy call from them to say they'd received my materials."
But unbeknownst to Unruh at the time, a position was about to open in the Boston office, the news director informed her. They loved her tape and wanted to fly her out to Boston to interview for the job.
"My heart stopped," she said. "I couldn't believe what was happening was happening." For the interview, Unruh found herself walking into the same building where she began her career in news wearing her navy suit, and she got the job.
"I felt like I was living a dream," she said. "What I had wanted to happen and had planned for my entire career was becoming a reality. When they offered me the job, I nearly fell off my chair. The ‘pinch me' factor was so huge."
It was March, 2001 when Unruh returned to WCVB to serve as its medical reporter and also co-anchor of the early morning EyeOpener and NewsCenter 5 at 5 p.m. She brought more than a half-dozen awards with her, including the Clarion Award from Women in Communications and the "Grand Gracie" award from the American Women in Radio and Television for excellence in reporting.
Seven years later, Unruh has advanced to co-anchor of WCVB's early evening and later newscasts, but she said she still wants to pinch herself every time she walks into the building. Her kids are "such little New Englanders that they would be fishes out of water anyplace else."
Station General Manager Bill Fine, who promoted Unruh to her current position,described her communication style as "straightforward."
Heather and Nick's two children now get to appreciate Nantucket every time they visit "Nonnie and Bumpy."
It's the same nostalgic things I loved that they love," Unruh said.
Though Unruh's main home is Boston, there's still a part of her that feels more at home on Nantucket. "I've always said, when my husband, the kids and I leave to come down, that as we go over the Bourne Bridge, one heavy weight comes off one shoulder. And then when we get on the ferry, the other weight comes off," she said.
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The Glenna Kohl Fund for Hope Hosts the 1st Annual Angel's Masquerade Ball, 18 Oct 2011 [cached]
Our special VIP guest, Heather Unruh, is a well-known medical reporter and anchor for Channel 5 News.
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